CEO & Founder, AviaDev
Jon has worked within the African and European aviation events industries since 2012. Jon joined Bench Events in 2015 and created AviaDev, a content platform and annual route planning conference for Africa. It is now established as the largest event of its kind on the continent having been held in Kigali 2016 and 2017 and then Cape Town in 2018 and 2019 with a future edition planned for Madagascar.
Additionally, Jon established AviaDev Insight Africa, the only podcast dedicated to African aviation in 2018. This boasts an audience in over 160 countries globally and over 50,000 listeners.
Jon became a key person of influence during the coronavirus pandemic, by delivering content and insight using digital means, including delivering Africa’s first virtual event for Aviation, Tourism and Hospitality, Africa Tomorrow in July 2020.
Jon is passionate about empowering the next generation of aviators. He co-founded Aviators Africa Academy in 2018, which has delivered outreach events across the continent. He was also appointed a Global Ambassador for Gorilla Conservation for his fundraising efforts which include climbing the three largest mountains in the UK in a single weekend wearing a gorilla suit.